Water Game, Water Game

Rather than waiting for FIRST to create a Water Game, FIX IT decided to go looking for their own Water Game!

The 34th Annual Slegg Building Material Build-a-Boat Competition was on July 1st, Canada Day, in Sydney, British Columbia. Teams (must have three people) have a maximum of $115 worth of materials donated by Slegg Building Materials to build their boat. We entered with two teams; FIX IT with Joel, Mythri and Duncan ( FIX IT alumni) and Water Game with Ines, Bijou and Linday (a friend). 

We had 4 hours to build our boats from the materials.  Both boats came together fairly quickly, even though they were very different designs.  The real question was ‘had we used enough caulk and duct tape to make them water tight?’

It was an exciting opportunity, and a chance to try our carpentry skills which turned out to be a challenge.  But both boats were finished in the four hours allowed.

There were about 10 boats in the race around Sydney harbour.  Fortunately, Search and Rescue were onsite, which turned out to be a good thing when one of the other crews needed rescuing. 

One of the FIX IT team boats launched well, and completed the course.  The other boat, named Caulk Monster, had some launching issues. The team  was pretty happy to have their boat float, though it wasn’t hydrodynamic and it didn’t go very far.  It was water tight until they tipped and let the water in over the sides.

Bijou and Ines decided to have some fun and went for a swim so they could escort the other FIX IT boat as it crossed the finish line.

Everyone had a great time and learned something about boat building. Our coach hoped that it would end the Water Game talk, but we may just try it again next summer!

Rainhouse Engineering Showcase

Rainhouse sponsors the FIX IT Team and many of the Engineering Clubs at the University of Victoria.    We’re all invited to enter this friendly competition to showcase our innovations on June 21, 2019.  

This year, FIX IT set-up a full FIRST Tech Challenge playing field, and extra robots so the crowd could all get the opportunity to drive robots.  There were lots of employees from tech companies, but also everyone from small kids to seniors. Everyone had a lot of fun, it was a really cool volunteering event.

We met some VIPs like the Dean of Engineering from the University of Victoria.  He was interested in our robot and our future plans.

Washington State Championships

The FIX IT Robotics Team will be one of 34 teams competing today, March 17 at the Championship Event in Seattle Washington.

Opening Ceremonies is at 11am, with robot matches played all afternoon. If they are on time, final awards starts at 5:30pm.

There’s usually a live feed from the competition, but I don’t have the link yet. It should be posted on the FIRST Washington Website.
Live feed link: http://twitch.tv/firstwa_blue1

Pasteur Interleague Event

FIX IT competed in the Pasteur Interleague event in Washington State on Dec. 15, 2018.

We started the day by setting up our pit. We were excited and ready to go. We then had time to practice our interview a few times before getting queued for our judging interview. It was little scary, especially for our new team members but we did pretty well. Even though there were a few hiccups, everyone was confident and we made it though alive!

We had a lot of fun at Interleague! Some of the highlights were:

  • Switching wings and hats with the Rose Dragons.
    Interleague fun
  • Autonomous working in every match, including the final qualifying match.  Encoder turns were perfect, finally!
  • Dancing to YMCA
  • Ines and Emily read it was T’was the Night before Interleague and received much applause
  • Flipping our hats onto our heads at the beginning of every match
  • Walking in the middle of the auditorium with the Canadian flag for the playing of “Oh Canada” amid much cheering

It was very exciting to be chosen for an alliance in the Elimination Rounds. Unfortunately, we lost out in the first round, but just being chosen added to the excitement of the day.

After a long and eventful Interleague, it was time for Closing Ceremonies. We won Motivate and 2nd Inspire and qualified for the Washington State Championships! You will see us there!!

FIX IT Team at Interleague

Race Car Wrap up

When we finally got to MIT, we were given the final track. It was huge
and took up an entire ice rink!

The race course required all the skills we built throughout the summer, having many components needing open CV, and we decided to use ROS to connect and create nodes, notably our safety controller. The course had lots of challenges which testing our programming to the limits! Continue reading “Race Car Wrap up”